Saturday, January 31, 2015

Holidays at the Seaport

Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT  2015

During the holidays at the Seaport, if there's a mast....they put a Christmas Tree atop it.   They were still all atop these masts on Jan 1.  I've been told they are all down now.  

Friday, January 30, 2015

Mystic Reflections

Mystic, CT  2014

This image is looking towards downtown Mystic.  The historic Mystic Bridge, pictured many times in this blog is just out of frame to the right.  I'll be posting this to Weekend Reflections.  I hope you have a great weekend.  I think we're expecting more snow.  Thanks for looking. 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Mystic, ca 1870

Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT  2015

One of the exhibits at Mystic Seaport is this 1/128th scale model of the Mystic River and what the area looked like back about 1870.  The total model is over 50 feet long and depicts the area of Mystic, shown here, as well as the area which today is part of Mystic Seaport.  There are over 250 dwellings, barns, shops and 5 shipyards depicted here.  The model was started in 1958, and work continues upon it today by some of the original volunteers who started it.  

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Blizzard of '15 II

 Niantic, CT  3:36 PM 1/27/2015

All day long the plows were coming through and managed to get our streets and driveways cleared.  They even shoveled the walks up to our front door.  I'm glad to see that my association fees are being put to good use!  Nevertheless I had to do just a small bit of snow shoveling to dig out my car.  It was still snowing when these pictures were taken, but it had tapered off.

 Niantic, CT  3:37 PM 1/27/2015

As I write this, I'm pretty sure the snow has come to an end, but it is still pretty windy outside, so there will be some drifting.  Rumor has it that the sun will be out tomorrow.  I might even be able to go to work.

 Niantic, CT  3:37 PM 1/27/2015

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Blizzard of '15

Niantic, CT  7:51AM  1/27/2015

This is what I awoke to this morning.  We have been anticipating this blizzard since the weekend and yesterday the State of Connecticut declared a state of emergency and put in place a travel ban starting at 9:00 PM.  The snow started falling mid afternoon and it hasn't stopped as I write this.  I read this morning that New York City was spared the full effect of the storm having only received 6" of snow in Central Park as of 6:00 AM this morning.  Predictions called for upwards of 2-3 feet in NYC.  I think we got quite a bit more than 6" here.  

Niantic, CT  8:16 AM  1/27/2015

Fortunately I had gotten out over the weekend to fill my bird feeders.  The feeders were very popular this morning, but they'll need to be refilled very soon.   

Niantic, CT  7:54 AM  1/27/2015

The blizzard's near hurricane force winds makes it difficult to get a good measure of amount of snow that has fallen.  We're under a Blizzard Warning until midnight tonight and the forecast calls for more snow all day long.  Fortunately,  we have not lost power... yet, and we have more than enough food to last for awhile.  I'm going to enjoy my day off today, and it looks like I'll have tomorrow off as well.  Life in New England! 

Beneath the Gold Star Bridge

New London-Groton, CT  2015

The Gold Star Bridge carries both US Route 1 and I-95 across the Thames River in New London, CT.    Beneath the bridge there is a public boat launch which gives boaters access to the Thames River.  It also gives photographers some interesting views of the bridge, not often seen.  

Monday, January 26, 2015

Joseph Conrad and Charles W Morgan

Mystic, CT  2015

Each year, Mystic Seaport closes to the public for 6 weeks starting in January.  Before it closed this year, I was able to get some nice shots on January 1.  Notice the Christmas trees atop the masts, a Seaport tradition.  When the Seaport reopens in February, I'll know spring is not far behind.  That's a nice thought to have as we're expecting a storm of "historical proportions" starting today and lasting into Tuesday.